DANVILLE, Va. —
The Danville Braves pulled off twin 3-0 wins over the visiting Bluefield Blue Jays on Friday evening at Dan Daniels Park.
Danville (31-21) is now four games ahead of Princeton in the quest for an Appalachian League playoff spot, and 2 1/2 games behind East Division-leading Burlington.
In game one, which began with a game-time temperature of 91, Frank Lafreniere pitched six innings for the win, giving up five hits and two walks. Zach Jadofsky took care of the seventh inning for his first save.
Bluefield starter Jeremy Gabryszwski lasted just one inning, allowing one hit and striking out one. Julio Carmona pitched the next four and took the loss, though he allowed just two hits and one earned run. Joe Spano gave up four hits and a pair of earned runs in the sixth inning.
Only one batter for each club — Bluefield’s Jacob Anderson and Danville’s Carlos Franco — had more than one hit in the first game. Each was 2 for 3.
All the runs in game two took place in the third inning, and all were charged to Bluefield starter Justin James (2-2). He struck out four and was touched for four hits in his five innings. Colby Broussard pitched a hitless sixth inning.
Eduardo Castillo (3-3) earned the win for Danville, allowing just two singles in five innings and striking out three batters. Bryan Garcia picked up his sixth save, striking out three batters in the seventh.
Bluefield got a 2 for 4 performance from leadoff batter D.J. Davis, but achieved only one other hit.
The Blue Jays and Braves play at 7 p.m. today and 4 p.m. Sunday. Bluefield will then have its last homestand of 2012 from Monday through Saturday.
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